the great green room: fabric fail

In which I learn the hard way that polyester is not well suited for miniature draperies.

In which I learn the irksome ways my fabric is not well suited for miniature draperies.

I had been quite pleased with the “silky faile” fabric choice I made from Spoonflower for the draperies in the Great Green Room. Turns out the “faile” part is prophetic. For although the weight and feel is just right, polyester is not at all suitable for crafting miniature drapes. I should have known, having read numerous curtain tutorials, but somehow I was only thinking the “silky” part. Polyester resists both glue and bonding strenuously. So after sighing a lot, I’ve re-ordered it to be printed on basic 100% combed cotton. It’s what Mr. Hurd would have done. *sigh*

And while I was at it, I re-ordered the blue-and-white striped pajama fabric as well, because “performance knit” is also 100% polyester. At least I tweaked the width and color of the stripe on that one, so it’s not a total do-over.

My new tiny Clover iron works really well, though.

the great green room: curtain fabric

Good Night Moon curtain fabric

I replicated the curtain fabric for the Great Green Room

Very pleased with the way the curtain fabric for The Great Green Room turned out. I “designed” it in Illustrator and matched PMS colors, then learned Spoonflower uses RGB hex colors — a simple conversion. They print on a dozen different fabrics; I chose their Silky Faille for weight, drape and brightness. I’ll do a test with the pins-and-hairspray method of curtain construction to see if it discolors the fabric at all.

Being able to custom print fabric (and wallpaper!) is a significant opportunity for miniature builders. Many ideas swirling around my drafty little design brain. Check Spoonflower out!